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  •  Sounds like Bush wants to pick a fight (32+ / 0-)

    Congress has already bent over backwards for him, but that isn't enough. He wants a showdown. He thinks Congress doesn't have any backbone, and he's probably right.

    The 2nd Red String Conspiracy

    by gjohnsit on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 02:38:28 PM PST

    •  Spoiling for a Fight? (0+ / 0-)

      Possibly.  More likely this is just another in a long string of face slaps designed to show the Mercan people how "tough" he is.  

      What would he gain from a "showdown" that he hasn't already taken?  

    •  Congress ought to re-pass the exact same bill (3+ / 0-)
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      By now I think even Republicans ought to be worried about Bush's petulant obstinacy.  
      If Reid and Pelosi had any inkling this would happen, they could have considered changes to the bill, or they could have delayed 'sending' the bill to him.  (I think there's some formal 'sending' process after a bill passes both houses, and I think it's been delayed before, just to make a president need to veto something at an uncomfortable time.)
      But the only thing Bush was telling Congress before they went home is that they were naughty for not getting their work done, and they should hurry up and pass bills and get them on his desk.  
      So Congress passes this, with nothing Bush had objected to when it was under consideration, quickly 'drops it in the mail', and goes home for Christmas.  And then Bush finds a nit to pick, and bounces it back to Congress...!
      I can imagine enough Republicans might be pissed off by this to re-pass the same bill by a two thirds margin in both houses.  Then if Bush still wants to play symbolism, he could let it go into law without his signature.  

      We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

      by david78209 on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 03:35:39 PM PST

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      •  Well, I sure hope (1+ / 0-)
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        any and all Democrats on Sunday talk shows stress the fact that he sent the bill he demanded back because he has changed his mind.  A small flip flop by the Decider.  

        In any conflict, the boundaries of behavior are defined by the party which cares least about morality. Randy Wayne White

        by phonegery on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 07:30:22 PM PST

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    •  Of course he does (2+ / 0-)
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      mmacdDE, wilderness voice

      He has nothing to lose and everything to gain by making congress the scapegoat for his own shitty behavior.  He's being deliberately divisive and petty for purely political reasons.  At least congress, or part of congress, is trying to do the people's business.  Bush couldn't care less about this nation or its people.  

      "I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth." - Molly Ivins

      by littlesky on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 03:51:32 PM PST

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